May 18, 2022

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Medical marijuana unlikely to be available in Alabama before 2023

The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission said Thursday it would not push to make licenses for cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis available earlier, meaning medical cannabis will not be available in Alabama before 2023. 

Rex Vaughn, the vice-chair of the commission, said the group needed to address other duties, including rulemaking and physician training. Vaughn also expressed concerns that further legislative action — required to move the dates — could expose the medical cannabis law to attempts to weaken it.

“At this point in time, we decided not to ask the Legislature to go back into digging up a legislative bill and opening it back up,” Vaughn said. “We could lose what we’ve got.”

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